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How important is it to have your dirt bath in the sun please?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jaxteroy, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Jaxteroy

    Jaxteroy New Egg

    Sep 8, 2008

    I'm new to planning my chicken space, and I'm putting some thought into their dirt bath. Can someone please share their thoughts on how important it is to have the dirt bath in the sun, or is this not important at all?

    I'm looking at maximising the space we have and thinking of making a two level sturdy platform. The ground level would be used for shade, the first level is used for their dirt bath and the second for growing a grazing frame. Is this a crazy idea or could you see this type of structure working if it was done properly?

    Thank you so much for your responses.
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Scant really picture what you mean but mine have made themselves a dust bath hole in the shade. It's actually a good spot because if we get rain it stays dry too
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Am chuckling about 'planning' a dust bath spot....I've tried several times, they find/make their own.

    Confused by the 3 level thing.
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Ditto - it seems whatever we humans do with the best intentions for our feathered friends, they more often than not ignore!


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